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Shelter First, Launch Second

Shelter First, Launch Second
Homeschoolers often spend much of their lives talking about how their children should not be in the public schools, because as parents we’re supposed to be raising, sheltering, and taking care of them. At a certain point, though, your children will become adults, and will give up their childish ways.  At that time, they may enter college, and you will have completed your responsibility to shelter them.Although as adults you and I wouldn’t put ourselves in...
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Guest — Lee
I agree with you, Joelle! I thought youth group was a great time to experience a bit of real life. Kids don't not actually have ... Read More
Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:25
Guest — J W
I agree. There are other ways to practice functioning in the world outside your four walls. One is interaction with a variety of... Read More
Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:28
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Your Child’s Best Guidance Counselor—You!

Your Child’s Best Guidance Counselor—You!
 I was getting my hair done one day, and listening to two moms talk about their children in public school. One of them was describing how her child simply could not get through a Pre-Algebra class, which was too hard for him and how the public school insisted that he move on to Algebra 1; the school wouldn’t let him retake Pre-Algebra because he would fail, and they didn’t want him to be left behind.  She...
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Guest — Pia
Very well said. I agree with you.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:49
Guest — Cheri
I thought I would be done "advising" once they graduated high school. Initially, my goal was to get them to that point. I now real... Read More
Saturday, 21 April 2012 06:41
Guest — J W
Actually I have misjudged a child's abilities a few times, but that's what bookshelves are for, LOL! We just came back to whateve... Read More
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 18:23
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What Colleges Like to See

What Colleges Like to See
 What do colleges like to see?  More than academics!If you have a student who plans to go to college (and even if you don’t—remember, they sometimes change their minds!), it’s important to include in their high school activities at least some of the things that colleges like to see.  Leadership is high on that list for almost all colleges. Of course, when some homeschoolers think about leadership, all they think of is being student body president,...
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Guest — Sandy Grant
One thing that my kids have been able to do to build leadership points is joining our City's Youth Council. It is like a City Cou... Read More
Monday, 16 April 2012 21:46
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Planning Tip - Study American Government Next Year

Planning Tip - Study American Government Next Year
 Next year would be a SUPER fun time to study American Government!  Why, because of the election!You can use our 4 year election cycle to your advantage, by teaching American Government during these big election years.Colleges like to see American Government on the high school transcripts.  Usually a half-credit semester class, an Honors or AP class might take a whole year.  Often during senior year, students will have a 1/2 credit class on American Government in...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Donna, I think it helps to have an understanding of World History - much of our government is derived from the ancient Greek... Read More
Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:33
Guest — Donna
Lee, I have often wondered why I usually see government class listed in the senior year. I know as homeschoolers we have the free... Read More
Thursday, 03 May 2012 15:01
Guest — RebeccaC
Very good suggestion! Living out of the country, I had forgotten about the coming election...well, not "forgotten", but most defi... Read More
Sunday, 15 April 2012 18:54
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Springtime Panic

Springtime Panic
 I'm not naming any names, but today in my Gold Care Club consulting, it seemed like everyone was having a springtime panic.Some parents have other words to describe that spring feeling, when the tulip bulbs begin to emerge:Freaked outBreaking downPanic attackFalling behindCan't catch upHopelessAnxietyHere are some ideas to get you through the next few months.1. Put your weakest areas first.If your weakest area is math, put it first each day, and make sure it's your priority...
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Guest — Margaret
Love this. My panic has to do with submitting portfolios for the school district. It does help to start my academic year on July ... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2012 07:03
Guest — Donna Vail
I loved this article and have been noticing the same thing all around me. We've become immune to this spring time panic by doing o... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2012 06:19
Guest — Lori
This is our second year homeschooling and one thing I have changed is the scheduling of books. Rather than begin and end with the ... Read More
Thursday, 12 April 2012 10:52
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Newsflash! Teens Change Minds!

Newsflash! Teens Change Minds!
No really, it's true.  In fact, ask yourself one question.  Has YOUR teenager EVER changed their mind?  Be honest now! And if teens change their minds from mechanic to engineering, or from nursing assistant to nurse, you want to be prepared. If you give your child a college-prep education in high school, no matter what they want to do, they’ll be prepared to pursue their goals.  It doesn’t matter whether your child seems like they’re college-bound...
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Guest — J W
I've always thought it sad that you pretty much have to "lock in" your lifelong career when you're still in high school. I wish t... Read More
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 06:03
Guest — Bethany LeBedz
Oh yeah! Meteorologist to horse trainer to professional writer to missionary to high school English teacher!! And she's in her fir... Read More
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:38
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Preparing For College

Preparing For College
 Preparing For CollegeIn order to determine what courses your student should cover in high school, it’s good to think about what colleges want to see as admissions requirements, and then set your goal in line with those.  If you set college preparation requirements as graduation requirements, your student will be prepared for college whether they intend to go now, or if they change their mind later.Cover the CoreStudents should have four years of English during high...
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Visit Colleges in the Spring

Visit Colleges in the Spring
The key to getting into college with good scholarships starts in sophomore and junior year.  And it all starts with a quality face to face college visit.  In this article, sit back, relax, and learn about this important piece of college admission.  Learn 6 important tips; what to do, when to go, and how to act.  Evaluating colleges carefully can make the transition from homeschooled senior to independent college freshman MUCH easier.Facetime - NOT Facebook -...
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How is Your Comprehensive High School Record Looking?

How is Your Comprehensive High School Record Looking?
Thank you for all your help in preparing Johanna's Comprehensive High School Record. The completed document look great!  It was well received by the University. The Admissions Department and several Faculty members commented on how thorough the document was. As a result, it was suggested that Johanna apply to the Honours Program, which includes an additional scholarship. I have learned much and have begun to work on our other daughter's transcripts and records in order to...
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BibleMesh: Interactive Bible Lessons for the Visual Learner

BibleMesh: Interactive Bible Lessons for the Visual Learner
   Recently, Office Manager Stephanie and her 15-year-old daughter, Caitlin, were given the opportunity to review a wonderful new Bible study curriculum from Bible Mesh.   And, they loved it! Bible Mesh is an interactive and visual way to connect to scripture and the history of God's creation. Through videos, articles, and maps, you and your family can study the Biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. Whether you choose to use their lessons as a stand-alone curriculum or as...
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The Problem with Parent Partnership Program

The Problem with Parent Partnership Program
 This is the time of year when that Parent Partnership Program seems much less helpful.  Extra requirements pop up, and kids can fall behind or become bored.  Feel free to homeschool independently next year.  There really IS an easier way! Parent partnership and alternative education programs see homeschoolers as a source of income. When we use their programs, they get money. Some programs get money directly from us, other programs get money on our behalf sent...
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I had the same experience with a local ppp. The people were lovely, but I was paying them monthly and felt like I was still doing ... Read More
Friday, 30 March 2012 10:56
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Homeschool is the Best Preparation

Homeschool is the Best Preparation
   Homeschooling high school is the best preparation for both life and school. Homeschooling provides the best academic preparation—it’s no secret that homeschoolers have higher academic achievement, no matter the level of education of the parent. They have better test scores, regardless of the gender and race of the child and regardless of their financial situations. No matter your income, as a homeschool parent you will produce a better-educated child. That does not necessarily mean that...
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Encourage Delight-directed Learning

Encourage Delight-directed Learning
Delight-directed learning is all about fostering the love of learning in our children, creating lifelong learners who can adapt to any situation. This style of learning has many benefits for both you and your children: it can improve cooperation with your teenagers, and reduce burnout when they are more involved in what they do. It can make learning more meaningful to your children, because information makes more sense when applied to something they care about. Delight-directed...
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Guest — Heidi
Thanks for sharing this today, Lee - it's just what I needed to read. Due to some of the issues that I had earlier this year, I'... Read More
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 05:50
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I Quit! Withdrawing from School Mid-Year

I Quit! Withdrawing from School Mid-Year
  Spring is a time when many parents reassess their school plans.  As they look objectively at the situation, some will decide that they've had it, enough is enough, they can't take it anymore, damage is being done, and now is the time to withdraw their student from public school.Homeschool by itself is not terribly difficult, but it can be stressful to figure out what do with with a student who stops attending public or private school. ...
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Use The Boy Scout Motto

Use The Boy Scout Motto
One of the best pieces of homeschool advice I could ever give you is the Boy Scout Motto:  Be Prepared! A homeschool friend of mine was convinced that her child was going to be an auto mechanic. Her husband had mechanical inclinations, and her child brought home little stray engines. She didn’t worry much about math and he just did it when he felt like it.  When he turned eighteen years old, he decided he wanted...
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